Two years ago, when Allazo was serving in the National Guard, he never imagined he would be backflipping on camera as a sponsored orbiter.
While many glovers and orbiters focus on up close and personal details, this Minnesota orbiter combines his orbiting abilities with self-taught hip hop dance moves to create a multi-layer light show. Allazo’s running backflip videos have added a recent buzz to the art of orbiting, which have drawn both praise and criticism from his peers in the orbiting community.
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The backflip, has become one of Allazo’s trademark moves, and while a few orbit purists claim that he uses his athleticism to mask his technical deficiencies, Allazo is eager to expand on his unique style.
“Someone said that I pretty much couldn’t give light shows,” Allazo said. “So, I’m working on finding the perfect mix of dancing and orbiting.”
After a video of Allazo backflipping was posted to Starlight, the primary Facebook group for orbiters, one member, who has since deleted his post, commented:
“He doesn’t really give orbit shows. He’s more focused on his body than the lights. Furthermore, I don’t believe that I’ve seen Jake do anything more than the following concepts: the most basic form of wraps, liquids, stalls and of course the most basic form of spins.”
While Allazo’s orbiting skills were raw at the time of this post, he had only started orbiting months before. Allazo’s skills progressed quickly, giving him a meteoric rise through the orbiter ranks. In late February, he took a key second round win over Starlight admin [ST] Tokken in the Orbit Ring Sponsor Competition.
In Tokken and Allazo’s first meeting earlier that month, Allazo had lost, but it should be noted that this was his competitive orbiting debut. When the two orbiters squared off for their second match, Allazo was prepared. He threw body wraps while shuffling, moving closer and further from the viewer with ease. You don’t see that a lot in orbiting – the dude can melt face from across the room. Check out his show from that round:
The next round, Allazo orbited while blindfolded in a losing effort to the guy who many consider the grandfather of orbiting, [ST] Torq.
“Jake finds a way to make the orbit an extension of his body,” Torq said. “He fuses orbiting with his already impressive dance skills to make a complete show.”
When the tournament came to a close, Allazo, despite his semifinal elimination, was named an EmazingLights sponsor. The achievement was a pleasant surprise for someone so new to the scene. After the tournament, he spoke on his development as an orbiter and the nature of the flow arts community.
“All I can say is thank you to Tokken,” Allazo said. “Even though he was my opponent, he sent me tutorials on how to do certain moves when I asked, so I am in debt to him and the community for all that I received.”
This milestone was just a starting point for the orbiter, who recently painted with his orbit and got hired to perform in commercials for Artist Threads Collective and Boom Boom Energy Drink.
Allazo’s orbiting style has also caught the attention of other light show enthusiasts. His fast paced blend of musicality and showmanship can be appreciated by both glovers and poi spinners, and his light shows provide an easy introduction to orbiting for those new to the art form.
Fellow Minnesota native and Emazing Sponsor [3M] Jest ran into Allazo at a local show in February. It changed the way he viewed orbiting.
“I met Jake before he got noticed in that online competition by Emazing,” Jest said. “He was the first orbiter to sit me down and open my mind to the possibilities of his flow toy.”
Before he got into raving, Allazo served in the National Guard for 6 years and spent a year touring Kuwait and Iraq. Allazo has found peace in orbiting since joining the rave scene in late 2014, and the hobby has helped him adjust to life outside of the military. When he started raving, he would sometimes go to events on a weekly basis. But the transition from armed services to civilian life was unusual for the 26-year-old. He spent the 2 years between the military and raving finding himself as a person.
“My life changed drastically from the worst of times to the best of times,” Allazo recalls. “I have learned and accomplished so much since this all started, and in the process of it all, I put in 100% effort, because why would you do something if you won’t give it your all?”